Isiolo County mourns death of former Mp Dida Jaldesa

Former Isiolo South Member of Parliament Dida Jaldesa who served for two terms between 1983 to 1992 passed on earlier on Saturday.

Jaldesa was laid to rest  on Saturday evening at Chechelesi Cemetery in accordance to Islamic traditions.

Mzee Jaldesa, whose firstborn Child Rehema Dida Jaldesa is the current Women Member of Parliament for Isiolo County is said to have driven himself on Saturday morning to a private hospital in Isiolo town, where he developed unspecified complications that led to his death while waiting to see the doctor.

Hundreds of Mourners turned up to give him the last respects at the Cheselesi cemetery in the outskirts of Isiolo town.

Isiolo North Member of Parliament Hassan Odha and Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution Abdul Bahari hailed the late Jaldesa as a champion of peace, having served as an MP during turbulent times when pastoralists from Isiolo South had a series of conflicts with those from neighboring Garissa and Wajir Counties.

At the time of his death, the late Jaldesa was serving as the chairperson of the County Boundary and Dispute Resolution Committee, a position he was appointed to by Governor Mohamed Kuti last year.

He had been leading various sensitization meetings convened by Governor Kuti’s administration to advocate for land adjudication especially in townships and other settlement areas so that land owners could obtain land ownership documents, before public meetings were cancelled over possible spread of covid 19 in March.

The Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution Abdul Bahari who also served as Isiolo South MP between 2002 and 2013 before he contested for the gubernatorial seat and lost also hailed the former MP as a leader who served the people of Isiolo South with unmatched commitment, despite the fact that Members of Parliament during those times did not have the priviledge of managing the CDF kitty to serve their constituents better.

Bahari said that the former legislator’s demise has left a huge gap in the society, adding that the people of Isiolo will greatly miss his wealth of wisdom as he was a pillar to rely on for political direction.

Dida Jaldesa passed on at the age of 68, and has left behind 10 children and several grandchildren.

  

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